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Dental Bridge Specialist

Frank C. Raymer, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Irvine, CA

A missing tooth can be embarrassing, but it also can compromise your oral health. A dental bridge fills in the space left by one or more missing teeth, completing your smile, and making it easier to talk and eat. At his practice, Frank C. Raymer, DDS, offers dental bridges as a solution to missing teeth for patients in Irvine, California, and surrounding communities. To find out if a dental bridge could be a good treatment option for you, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Dental Bridge Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an appliance that bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth. The bridge attaches to dental implants or existing teeth to fill the space in your mouth. A bridge can have just one artificial tooth or several, depending on how many teeth you’re missing.

The artificial teeth in a bridge are called pontics. The pontics are usually made of porcelain to blend in with natural teeth. There are a few common types of bridges, each with different benefits. 

Traditional bridges are held in place by dental crowns, or caps, that cover the teeth surrounding the gap. This type of bridge is very common and works well when you have one tooth on either side of the gap.

Implant-supported bridges are growing in popularity. This type of bridge uses dental implants surgically inserted into your jawbone to support the bridge. Dental implants are strong and secure, making implant-supported bridges very durable.

If you need a dental bridge, Dr. Raymer can help you decide what type of bridge is best for your mouth. Offering customized dental solutions, he and his team will fit you with a bridge that meets your needs and improves your smile.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

Missing teeth can cause problems for your oral health. Your teeth and jaw work together to help you chew food and speak clearly, and when one or more teeth are missing, this interaction is disrupted. 

It’s possible for your jaw bone to begin deteriorating and your gum line to recede, which can compromise the health of your remaining teeth over time. Dental bridges replace missing teeth and help maintain oral health.

Dental bridges restore your smile, filling in the gaps left by missing teeth. Bridges help you chew food properly and speak clearly. They readjust your bite and prevent remaining teeth from shifting as a result of irregular force.

Is a dental bridge right for me?

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, talk to Dr. Raymer about a dental bridge. Bridges are often a good option for patients who have some missing teeth but don’t need a full set of dentures.

Depending on your needs, Dr. Raymer may recommend a traditional bridge, dental implants and bridgework, or a different solution. With proper care, well-made bridges often last for years to come. Bridges have the power to improve your smile cosmetically and functionally.

Dental bridges are a flexible solution for patients with missing teeth. Don’t let gaps hurt your self-confidence or your oral health. Learn more about your options with dental bridges. Call Dr. Raymer’s office or request an appointment online today.